AHTOXA wrote:Things to expect:
- you will have major holster wear on the gun, mostly from where the gun's finish rubs on the kydex side of the holster. The leather side of the holster will also wear the finish off the corners of the slide, but at a lesser rate. This, of course, doesn't affect the performance of the weapon, but some people are more bothered by such wear than others. Kydex wear will be very fast and severe at first, but will slow down and stop progressing eventually, when the contact points have worn in.
An opinion you didn't ask for: you'll likely change your opinion on manual safety once you carry for a while. I used to carry with the safety on, but as I got more comfortable, I realized that if things ever came to that, I'd never remember to take it off, so I carry with a round chambered and safety off, always following the cardinal rules of handling firearms. Having said all of that, it's good to have a choice in how to carry, which is why I liked the idea of the manual safety on the Shield, because while I knew I wanted to keep the safety on at first, I always knew I didn't have to. Now, I don't need it and would be just fine with a Glock for that reason.
I was initially bothered by the thought of the finish wearing off from holster usage. I now know that it's pretty much inevitable to some degree no matter the holster, especially with kydex. I ran a box of Blazer Brass through my Shield at the new indoor range in town and I was more accurate than I was expecting, considering the width of the Shield's grip (the last time I shot a pistol was with your PPX). My hope is that I'll eventually be comfortable enough to carry without the safety and look into getting a Glock 26. For now, I'm very satisfied with my purchase.